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Finally, a Way to Avoid Jet Lag: The Jet Lag Calculator

Finally, a Way to Avoid Jet Lag: The Jet Lag Calculator

You’ve just landed. After a nearly eight hour flight, you’re exhausted, and ready for bed. You were wise enough to steal some sleep on the flight. Perhaps, you may even have pre-planned a caffeine binge, to get you through the first day of activities relatively unscathed.

But, even with all of your counter measures, when it comes to the time to sleep, you find yourself tossing and turning, finding yourself even more exhausted than when you just arrived, you ponder what could have gone wrong…

Jet-lag is a physiological condition related to our body’s rhythm.

Jet-lag, medically referred to as desynchronosis, is a physiological condition which results from alterations in the body’s circadian rhythm, which results from rapid long distance trans-meridian flights.

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In laymen’s terms, this is your body’s natural reaction to a change in time-zones. As our bodies adjust to the new pattern of light and dark exposure, we become restless and having difficulty achieving R.E.M (the deepest and most imperative level of) sleep. It can take days for us to completely adjust, while our body does its best to synchronize with our new environment.

Despite this adjustment taking its course naturally – depending on the individual- it can take up to a week or more to fully acclimate. If you’re just visiting another place for a short period of time, this can put quite a damper on your trip.

If you’re planning a trip where jet-lag may be a concern, the Jet-Lag Calculator, may just be your solution.

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The Jet Lag Calculator helps to tune the clock in your body.

    Researchers have found that one of the primary reasons that the human body has trouble when adjusting to new environments is because of the variant times that an individual is exposed to light. Our bodies naturally acclimate to the rhythms of our day from our place of origin. When we travel long distances, our internal physical clock is thrown off, and will inevitably run askew.

    The Jet Lag Calculator works to help us to combat this desynchronization by setting up a schedule that lets us know what time to best seek light and darkness – before we go on a trip to another time zone. This eases the adjustment period and cuts down on the bothersome effects of jet-Llg.

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      By helping us to form a strategy of when to seek or avoid light, the Jet-Lag Calculator prepares users for their trip through a steady adjustment in sleep times and exposure, to help them acclimate to their destination beforehand. This will effectively lessen the effects of a jet-lag[1] and provide you with an easier transition into a new sleep pattern.

      How do I use it?

      Simply, find a version of the Jet-Lag calculator that best suits your needs. Fill out the form, (which should ask for your place of origin, destination, and average hours of sleep per night that you’re accustomed to).

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      Once you’ve completed the form, the Jet-Lag calculator will produce a daily schedule, (usually no more than about a week in advance) of when you should be seeking light or avoiding light.

      The longer in advance you begin to adjust your sleep cycle, the easier the transition becomes, and the less impact jet-lag will have on you.

      It’s not hard to use at all, just give it a try! Time is a precious thing. Don’t waste it on a headache. Happy travels!

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      How to Prevent Decision Fatigue From Clouding Your Judgement

      How to Prevent Decision Fatigue From Clouding Your Judgement

      What is decision fatigue? Let me explain this with an example:

      When determining a court ruling, there are many factors that contribute to their final verdict. You probably assume that the judge’s decision is influenced solely by the nature of the crime committed or the particular laws that were broken. While this is completely valid, there is an even greater influential factor that dictates the judge’s decision: the time of day.

      In 2012, a research team from Columbia University[1] examined 1,112 court rulings set in place by a Parole Board Judge over a 10 month period. The judge would have to determine whether the individuals in question would be released from prison on parole, or a change in the parole terms.

      While the facts of the case often take precedence in decision making, the judges mental state had an alarming influence on their verdict.

      As the day goes on, the chance of a favorable ruling drops:

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        Does the time of day, or the judges level of hunger really contribute that greatly to their decision making? Yes, it does.

        The research went on to show that at the start of the day the likelihood of the judging giving out a favorable ruling was somewhere around 65%.

        But as the morning dragged on, the judge became fatigued and drained from making decision after decision. As more time went on, the odds of receiving a favorable ruling decreased steadily until it was whittled down to zero.

        However, right after their lunch break, the judge would return to the courtroom feeling refreshed and recharged. Energized by their second wind, their leniency skyrockets back up to a whopping 65%. And again, as the day drags on to its finish, the favorable rulings slowly diminish along with the judge’s spirits.

        This is no coincidence. According to the carefully recorded research, this was true for all 1,112 cases. The severity of the crime didn’t matter. Whether it was rape, murder, theft, or embezzlement, the criminal was more likely to get a favorable ruling either early in the morning, or after the judges lunch break.

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        Are You Suffering from Decision Fatigue Too?

        We all suffer from decision fatigue without even realizing it.

        Perhaps you aren’t a judge with the fate of an individual’s life at your disposal, but the daily decisions you make for yourself could hinder you if you’re not in the right head-space.

        Regardless of how energetic you feel (as I imagine it is somehow caffeine induced anyway), you will still experience decision fatigue. Just like every other muscle, your brain gets tired after periods of overuse, pumping out one decision after the next. It needs a chance to rest in order to function at a productive rate.

        The Detrimental Consequences of Decision Fatigue

        When you are in a position such as a Judge, you can’t afford to let your mental state dictate your decision making; but it still does. According to George Lowenstein, an American educator and economy expert, decision fatigue is to blame for poor decision making among members of high office. The disastrous level of failure among these individuals to control their impulses could be directly related to their day to day stresses at work and their private life.

        When you’re just too tired to think, you stop caring. And once you get careless, that’s when you need to worry. Decision fatigue can contribute to a number of issues such as impulse shopping (guilty), poor decision making at work, and poor decision making with after work relationships. You know what I’m talking about. Don’t dip your pen in the company ink.

        How to Make Decision Effectively

        Either alter the time of decision making to when your mind is the most fresh, or limit the number of decisions to be made. Try utilizing the following hacks for more effective decision making.

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        1. Make Your Most Important Decisions within the First 3 Hours

        You want to make decisions at your peak performance, so either first thing in the morning, or right after a break.

        Research has actually shown that you are the most productive for the first 3 hours[2] of your day. Utilize this time! Don’t waste it on trivial decisions such as what to wear, or mindlessly scrolling through social media.

        Instead, use this time to tweak your game plan. What do you want to accomplish? What can you improve? What steps do you need to take to reach these goals?

        2. Form Habits to Reduce Decision Making

        You don’t have to choose all the time.

        Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but it doesn’t have to be an extravagant spread every morning. Make a habit out of eating a similar or quick breakfast, and cut that step of your morning out of the way. Can’t decide what to wear? Pick the first thing that catches your eye. We both know that after 20 minutes of changing outfits you’ll just go with the first thing anyway.

        Powerful individuals such as Steve Jobs, Barack Obama, and Mark Zuckerberg don’t waste their precious time deciding what to wear. In fact, they have been known to limiting their outfits down to two options in order to reduce their daily decision making.

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        3. Take Frequent Breaks for a Clearer Mind

        You are at your peak of productivity after a break, so to reap the benefits, you need to take lots of breaks! I know, what a sacrifice. If judges make better decisions in the morning and after their lunch break, then so will you.

        The reason for this is because the belly is now full, and the hunger is gone. Roy Baumeister, Florida State University social psychologist[3] had found that low-glucose levels take a negative toll on decision making. By taking a break to replenish your glucose levels, you will be able to focus better and improve your decision making abilities.

        Even if you aren’t hungry, little breaks are still necessary to let your mind refresh, and come back being able to think more clearly.

        Structure your break times. Decide beforehand when you will take breaks, and eat energy sustaining snacks so that your energy level doesn’t drop too low. The time you “lose” during your breaks will be made up in the end, as your productivity will increase after each break.

        So instead of slogging through your day, letting your mind deteriorate and fall victim to the daily abuses of decision making, take a break, eat a snack. Let your mind refresh and reset, and jump-start your productivity throughout the day.

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